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Poster: sjanderson82 Date: May 4, 2011 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Reading Old Archive.org Threads?

Is there a way to read through old archived topics aside from using Search? Seems to only bring up about 4 pages of results and that will usually be the most recent thread to reply to the query. This board has been up for a long time and I would like to delve into some of its older threads but the main page even seems to stop after around ~200 posts total (including replies). Any help, please?

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: May 4, 2011 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reading Old Archive.org Threads?

really, the search function is your only method of unearthing those earlier threads if you're trying to bring up specific topics; it can be tedious of course, but with a bit of patience, you'll generally come across the necessary threads you're seeking, or as close to it as possible

however, after you've spent some time on the forum, you'll come to recognize certain forum members who tend to discuss/post about certain topics/shows, etc., and by clicking on their user-name, you can bring up a complete history of their posts to the forum, and from there scan the thread titles for what might answer any queries you have

for example (just one among many i can give you), if you're looking to review topics related to thematic jams, or specific years, or certain types of shows for a specific era (acoustic sets, 69-70 for example, studio sessions, etc.), check out threads by 'light into ashes' for some great essays

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/forum-display.php?poster=light%20into%20ashes

'cliff hucker' has great insights into early era GD, and lately, the historic '72 Europe Tour

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/forum-display.php?poster=Cliff%20Hucker

'stratocaster' can give you the rundown on best of this and that for all eras (whether you agree or not)

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/forum-display.php?poster=stratocaster

another long-time member can digress at great length on '68 GD, but i believe he has retired from the club and wishes to remain anonymous

if bathroom humour is your thing, there are threads and posters aplenty, but rather than cite specific examples here, i'll leave the exploration to you

good luck

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Poster: vapors Date: May 4, 2011 4:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reading Old Archive.org Threads?

I nominate this to be the definitive post to answer this question. Should be in the FAQ.
Nicely done Arb.

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Poster: sjanderson82 Date: May 5, 2011 5:33am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reading Old Archive.org Threads?

Agreed, thanks for the help, everyone.

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Poster: Jim F Date: May 5, 2011 1:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reading Old Archive.org Threads?

The search function and overall interface for this forum does kinda suck. At least for me personally, I have also had difficulty trying to dive into history. But hey, it's still a great forum and it doesn't cost us anything, I'm much more grateful than I am annoyed.

It could be worse, at least finding specific shows and sources here is about the easiest as you can make it. Try searching for things on Dime. I hate the search function there, I can never find what I'm looking for.

For example I once spent like an hour trying to figure out if this Hendrix recording that I was going to seed was on there. I couldn't find it, so I started a new torrent, only to have it get yanked because it had been banned some time before that for claiming to be an "official source" (looked to me like some ghetto European bootleg release, nothing official looking about it at all). I swapped some emails with the moderators, apologizing for posting a banned torrent, that I didn't mean it, how I spent so much time searching for it to make sure it hadn't already been seeded, etc. Then I just recommended that their search engine could use a little improvement. Then the mods just essentially said I was too stupid to figure out how to use it. But it's cool.

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Poster: Phlesh Wound Date: May 4, 2011 4:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Reading Old Archive.org Threads?

Another option is to search the forum using Google, which won't max out. Use this string (without the parentheses, of course):

(whatever you're searching for) forum site:archive.org

For example:

"best althea" forum site:archive.org

or

ringolevio JGB "jerry garcia band" forum site:archive.org


This post was modified by Phlesh Wound on 2011-05-04 23:40:45